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Fijians Urged To Promote Multiculturalism

There has been a call for Fiji­ans to promote multicultur­alism. The call came from the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, while officiating dur­ing the Vodafone Ba Riverside
23 Sep 2018 13:04
Fijians Urged To Promote Multiculturalism
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (eighth from left), with committee members and contestants of the Ba Riverside Carnival at the Market Ground on September 21, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

There has been a call for Fiji­ans to promote multicultur­alism.

The call came from the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, while officiating dur­ing the Vodafone Ba Riverside Car­nival on Friday night.

“As we look across we can see a diverse range of people coming to­gether,” said Ms Akbar on Friday.

“This is something we all should be proud of and we should be pro­moting multiculturalism at all times.”

Ms Akbar said people had the op­portunity to socialise with those from diverse ethnicities as well as learn about their cultural back­grounds.

She said the carnival was a good platform for the different contest­ants to highlight major issues af­fecting our societies.

The theme of this year’s carnival is, “Our Rubbish our Responsibil­ity”.

“We all have a responsibility to take care of our environment.”

However, she said people tended to become careless at times.

“People sometimes throw rubbish from windows of vehicles while travelling,” she said.

Ms Akbar said the rainy season would start soon and that was when mosquito borne-diseases would in­crease.

Therefore, she urged everyone to take care of the natural environ­ment. Ms Akbar thanked the con­testants for using the carnival as a platform to raise awareness on cli­mate change.

She said that disasters such as Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston were warnings that humans were not taking care of the environment.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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